So I’m about to start my first lecture next week after not attending uni since 2006. I’m really looking forward to it and developing the ideas and views I have.
I’m especially excited as I keep seeing lots of Hello Kitty products or meeting lots of interesting people who either back up some of my idea’s or make me questions my research and how I can develop it.
As I have mentioned before it’s really important to me and my research to meet and experience new people and their ideas. I would also love to publish some quest blogs on this blog. I want people to tell me why they love or hate Hello Kitty. Maybe they have experiences to back up their views or maybe it’s the whole nature of the consumption of the brand. I also want to speak to people who live in the West but consume the Fashions and Music of the East; what
is it that fascinates them about Japan and Asia as a whole?
I’ve been building up a following on twitter recently which is really helping and look forward to being able to write more about my research and fully tell you my aims over the coming months.
I can’t believe September is nearly over! This year has gone
very quickly and over the summer I have been very busy exhibiting at various
events and working in my shop. I also spent the summer as some of you will know
attempting to write my PhD proposal, which actually turned out harder to do
than I expected.
After leaving University in 2006 I haven’t really had to
write anything particularly academic, in fact I think my writing style has
changed quite a lot. I’m now more used to writing quite quick punchy press releases
and mini presentations. I’ve also released how poor my punctuation and grammar
has become, which is something I’m really going to have to work on and regain
my once acceptable level of grammar & punctuation. I’ve never been
Anyway, I went to France a few weeks ago for a week, I was
lucky enough to stay in a friend’s family home. I can’t describe how beautiful
the whole holiday was the location was stunning and I had lots of fun. I took
my laptop and notes with me, and managed to get some writing done. When I
returned I finally finished my third attempt at my proposal, and sent it to my
tutor. I must admit I was starting to get quite disheartened by the whole
affair. I desperately want to further my research because I really enjoyed my
dissertation. I’ve also realised over the last few years that I feel like my
brain is turning to mush. I went through full time education from the age of 4
till I was 22, certainly in my later years of education I absolutely loved feeding my mind with information. As much as I needed the break after University the last few years I have really felt that I’m not gaining any particular knowledge about from
what I learn and experience in my daily working life.
This Tuesday I was offered a place at the University of Salford to do an M.Phil (in normal human being speak a Masters of Philosophy, which is a postgraduate research degree. Hopefully if this goes well I should be able to transfer my research into a PhD. Since finding out the good news I’ve had to prepare a personal statement for my application form. I really hate personal statements; I never know what to say! I don’t want to come across asnot interesting, but I certainly don’t want to go on about how amazing I might…firstly because I’m a normal person who isn’t amazing, and also because I don’t want to sound like some plank of the x-factor. Anyway, I have a friend
looking at my personal statement today, so hopefully I will have emailed my
application off by tomorrow…and then I start my course in October…yes October
which is 1 day away!
Once I’ve found out what my timetable will be like I’ll let you know how Uni life is after all these years. Recently the School of Media, Music and Performance has moved to Media City, so I’m quite excited at the prospect of being in a new environment.
I haven’t posted for a while partly because I’ve been busy
with work, and partly down to the fact that I need to do more work on my
proposal. I’ve been asked to focus my proposal more and look at a few questions
rather than the long list I seemed to be producing.
I’ve been finding it hard to focus on the certain areas, but
I’m hoping to crack my proposal this week; I suppose I’m being greedy, because
I want to spend time researching all areas of the brand and the culture
surrounding it. I’m so desperate to start my PhD and the actual research and I
think that means I’ve been naughty when it comes to the proposal, being too
wide in my approach of the subject and the proposal.
I’m going to work on refocusing my proposal so I discuss 2
or 3 very specific questions and look for models and ideas from other academics
work, which will help me to answer the questions I’m asking. I feel somewhat
out of the loop, as I graduated from University in 2006, but I need to be
challenged and this is a challenge that I desperately want to achieve.
Hopefully I’ll have a productive week and I’ll be able to
update you further on how I’m getting on…..fingers crossed
Japanese Street Styles seem to jump from one extreme to another; they are all dramatic and connote so many different messages for the wearers and the people viewing the wearers.
Ganguro is the next style I’m going to introduce to you; I find this style one of the most extreme and quite contemporary compared to other styles like Loita, it’s much edgier and reminds me of some fashions from the late 90’s early 00’s which were available in the West. However like all Japanese Street Styles the characteristics are far more in your face.
Ganguro is a the mix of 2 words “gangankuro” meaning extremely dark and “guro” meaning grotesque, and the word itself translates to “Back Face”. Ganguro girls have very tanned skin and dye their hair blonde, orange or a silver grey known as high bleached. Black ink is used for eyeliner and white concealer is used as eye shadow, and the eyes are finished with false eyelashes. The white concealor is also used on the lips which contrast with the very tanned look. The traditionally Japanese idea of beauty is pale skin, dark
hair and neutral make up tones, the Ganguro look is at the opposite side of the spectrum with its use of brash colours and tanning. The overall Ganguro look is finished with facial gems, platform shoes and brightly coloured outfits, miniskirts and tied-dyed sarongs are very popular. Jewellery like Bracelets, rings and necklaces are worn to access.
The look reminds me of 90’s girl bands such as Shampoo and the Spice Girls, I would say that this fashion style has been taken from elements of the West, but the elements are more exaggerated and in your face.
That harsh, colourful image Ganguro girls present is a clear attempt at individuality and self expression, going against the traditional types of beauty seen in Japan and another example of how Fashion is used to demonstrate the wearer’s personal views against society’s norms.
According to Blabbermouth.net, KISS bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons revealed this past weekend via Twitter that he was scheduled to meet with executives to discuss, in his words, “a KISS-Hello Kitty worldwide deal. Wow.”
As Japanese company Sanrio’s most recognizable character, Hello Kitty has already joined forces with the rock band X Japan to create Visual-Kei Kitty
Although mainly aimed at the pre-adolescent female market, the Hello Kitty product range goes all the way from purses, stickers and pen sets to toasters, televisions, clothing, massagers, and computer equipment.
It has a cult-like following among adults as well, especially in Asia, where Hello Kitty adorns cars, purses, jewellery and many other high-end consumer products.
Also, Simmons himself played Jack ill Dark, the “Emperor” of rock, in the live-action film adaptation of Kiminori Wakasugi‘s “Detroit Metal City” comedy
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Compared to other Japanese Street Fashions this is quite a
new style taking inspiration from the Middle Ages and the European Fairy tales
written by the Brother Grimm. For anyone who hasn’t heard of the Fairy tales,
they are of German Origin and were written by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm, they
published several additions of their Fairy Tales, starting in , and wrote the
following well know stories; Hansel and Gretel, Rapunzel, Snow White and
The Dolly Kei style is made up of vintage skirts and dresses
and some religious symbols such as large cross necklaces.
I’ve neglected my blog for the last month, June’s always a
busy month for me. I’m on the committee of Shrewsbury Carnival and Show which
takes place ever year in June. It raises money and awareness for local
charities and organisations within Shrewsbury.
I’ve also been working on my proposal, after having some
feedback about certain areas. I’ve just sent in the revised copy, so now I will
spend some time updating my blog 🙂